on a 3-0 victory...
"It was not as easy as the result suggests because Sheffield defended well and played well. I felt that we started the game well and then you could see the fact that we have not won here played on the minds of the players after 15 minutes when we didn't score. We played a little bit of approximate football in our passing. At half time we realised that we have to continue to do things well - defend well, attack well. Then we put them under pressure and the goal came from Gallas. He is a winner and has shown that again today. It was a big relief, you could see that from the team."

on the wait for an opener...
"Overall I felt that the goal would come if we did not make a mistake at the back. I was convinced that we would win the game but it was down to keeping a clean-sheet. In the first half we gave them some liberties we should have not, maybe. In the second half we were much better."

on his half-time team-talk...
"I felt that we were too nervous, and by being too nervous we rushed a little bit our game. We were not clean enough technically and against a team like that - if you start to lose balls in the middle of the park when you should not lose the ball - they start to become dangerous and think 'oh, we have a chance here'. I feel that we kept our nerve, and that despite the fact that we did not play very well in the last 20 minutes of the first half, we came back with more quicker passing, more determination as as well quicker defending. When we lost the ball we put them under pressure. We didn't do that enough in the first half."

on a change of formation from Sunday...
"I wanted to rest Hleb, I wanted to give some competition to Thierry Henry, and I wanted to keep the freedom to play with two strikers at home. If I start - no disrespect to Sheffield United - to play at home, with 60,000 fans, without [two] strikers... It has to be adapted, the system is not forever, but you have to keep an offensive formula at home against team where you have to attack."

on Tuesday's clash against Porto...
"If you look at the English teams who have beaten Porto or Benfica you do not find many. So we have a big challenge and do what nobody has done recently in England - beat them. What I expect from Porto is a very good technical level in the middle of the park. They keep the ball well. I don't know what to expect because they play with two strikers, with three or one. But I know we want to win this game, because if do that after [the win at] Hamburg, we are in a very, very strong position to qualify."

10/1 - Arsenal v Porto: Ljungberg to score the first goal


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